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Philadelphia Folk Festival Set for Aug. 17-20

Thousands of music lovers are expected to converge on Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, near bucolic Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, Aug. 17-20, for the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. Now in its 56th year, the event, produced and presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, a nonprofit arts organization, is the longest continuously running outdoor music festival of its kind in North America. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

AcousticMusicScene.com Co-Sponsors Borderline Folk Music Club Picnic, Aug. 27

Hundreds of folk, roots and bluegrass music fans from throughout the New York metropolitan area are expected to converge on Germonds Park in West Nyack, NY on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 27, for the annual, picnic and music festival presented by the Borderline Folk Music Club and the Town of Clarkston, and co-sponsored by AcousticMusicScene.com, Folk Music Society of Huntington, The Folk Music Society of New York (aka Pinewoods Folk Music Club), and Tribes Hill. The free event, extending from noon to 6 p.m., will feature a musical tribute to Leonard Cohen, the influential and much-revered singer, songwriter and poet who died last November at age 82. [To continue reading this article on AcousticMusicScene.com, click on the headline.]
Top Albums & Songs - July 2017 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums & Songs – July 2017 (FOLKDJ-L)

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio had both the most-played album (Singin’) and song (“Dark as a Dungeon”) on folk radio during July 2017. So say charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. [The monthly top albums and songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com with permission. To view them, click on the headline.]

Official Showcase Artists Named for 2017 FAR-West, FARM and NERFA Conferences

Three Regional affiliates of Folk Alliance International have selected artists/acts to participate in juried official showcases during their respective annual conferences this fall. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Song Swaps During Huntington Folk Festival, July 29

Sarah Lee Guthrie and The Mammals (featuring Mike & Ruthy) will co-headline the 12th Annual Huntington Folk Festival on Saturday, July 29, at Heckscher Park, located off Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue, in Huntington, New York. Extending from 12 noon to 10:30 p.m., the free festival – co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council – is part of the 52nd Huntington Summer Arts Festival. AcousticMusicScene.com and Joltin' Joe's Radio Nowhere Internet Radio will host unplugged showcases and song swaps during the afternoon. [To read this article and see the complete schedule, click on the headline.]

Finalists Named in 2017 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase

Ten singer-songwriters have been selected as finalists in the 2017 Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, held in conjunction with the 27th Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado, Aug. 18-20. The finalists will vie for cash and other prizes – including a 2018 festival main stage set and a Taylor guitar for the first-place winner. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Emerging Artists Showcase Performers Chosen for 2017 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in August

Emerging Artists Showcase Performers Chosen for 2017 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in August

Twenty-four artists/duos or groups have been selected to perform in the Emerging Artists Showcase during the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival on Friday afternoon, August 4, from noon to 4:30 p.m. [To continue reading this article -- which includes a listing of all the Emerging Artists and the complete festival lineup -- click on the headline.]
Top Albums & Songs - June 2017 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums & Songs – June 2017 (FOLKDJ-L)

Tom Russell’s Play One More: The Songs of Ian and Sylvia was the #1 album on folk radio during June 2017, while Joe Jencks had the most-played song (“Let Me Sing You a Song“ from Poets, Philosophers, Workers and Wanderers, May’s most-played album and #2 in June). So say charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. The top albums and songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com, with permission. To view them, click on the headline.
Clint Alphin is Telluride Troubadour Winner

Clint Alphin is Telluride Troubadour Winner

Clint Alphin, a Nashville, Tennessee-based singer songwriter, won the 2017 Telluride Troubadour Competition and had the opportunity to perform a short set on the main stage during the 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a roots-oriented music festival set amid Colorado’s rugged San Juan Mountains, June 15-18. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

American Roots Music Festival Set for June 24

Rhiannon Giddens and Sarah Jarosz headline the seventh annual American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor – a daylong, family friendly celebration of acoustic music -- on Saturday, June 24. Set on 90 acres of gardens and Italianate architecture in Katonah, Westchester County, NY – 40 miles northeast of New York City — the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is well known for its summer music festivals. AcousticMusicScene.com is delighted to again be a Cultural Partner of the festival and will have a presence there. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Remembering Rosalie Sorrels, 1933-2017

Remembering Rosalie Sorrels, 1933-2017

Rosalie Sorrels, an Idaho songbird who wrote heartfelt, expressive, often deeply personal songs of love and loss, loneliness, poverty and social injustice, and sung them in her fluid, mellifluous yet sometimes heartbreaking voice, passed away June 11 at the Reno, Nevada home of her daughter, where she had been living for the past several years. [To read an article about the much-admired singer-songwriter and storyteller, from which the above is excerpted, click on the headline.]

Winners Named in 2017 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition

Six singer-songwriters have been named as winners in the 2017 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters. They were chosen by a panel of judges from among 32 finalists who performed two songs each during the New Folk Concerts on May 27 and 28 as part of the Kerrville Folk Festival, an 18-day event at the Quiet Valley Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]